Northfield Savings Bank donates $100,000 for disaster relief

first_imgNorthfield Savings Bank,In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene which affected much of central and southern Vermont, and resulted in the worst flooding in a generation, Northfield Savings Bank today made a $100,000 donation to the Green Mountain United Way for immediate disaster relief. The presentation of funds was held at the bank’s Waterbury, VT branch at 29 South Main Street. The location was significant, as floods had destroyed this branch earlier in the week. “Northfield Savings Bank was founded on the principle of Vermonters helping Vermonters,” said Thomas N. Pelletier, President and CEO of Northfield Savings Bank. “More than seven generations later, this remains a central part of our mission.  This money will be put to immediate use to help Vermonters recover from the ravages of Tropical Storm Irene.” Green Mountain United Way will be the administrative agent for the funds.  Funds will be distributed to community-based organizations in central Vermont that are providing immediate assistance to those in need.  The intention is to help community organizations facilitate the delivery of basic human needs; food, clothing and shelter.  Individuals in need of assistance should call VT 211 in order to be directed to the appropriate community organizations. Bank president, Thomas Pelletier presented the check to Nancy Zorn, executive director of Green Mountain United Way. Community-based organizations are encouraged to contact the Green Mountain United Way to access funding by calling (802) 229-9532, or visiting is external).About Northfield Savings BankNorthfield Savings Bank was founded in Northfield, Vt., in 1867 by a schoolmaster and haberdasher who believed a local community bank was needed. More than seven generations later, the Bank continues this community-minded tradition, and has grown to become the second largest bank headquartered in Vermont with assets of over $650 million. Also known for its role as a corporate citizen, Northfield Savings Bank proudly donates 10% of profits to Vermont community organizations, which totaled $420,000 in 2010. Northfield Savings Bank operates 13 branches throughout central Vermont and Chittenden County. Member FDIC. About Green Mountain United WayGreen Mountain United Way assesses the local area’s strengths and weaknesses and collaborates with other organizations, government agencies, faith-based groups, businesses and individuals to make the community a better place for all people.  GMUW’s priority areas are in financial stability, healthy living, early learning and basic needs. For more information go to is external). NORTHFIELD, VT (September 2, 2011)’last_img read more

Employee fired for writing ‘Pig’ on officer’s drink says she was a scapegoat

first_imgA Starbuck employee is claiming that she was wrongly fired after another employee wrote the word ‘pig’ on an officer’s drink.Lola Price, who was a manager at a Starbucks near Tulsa, was fired from the establishment Thursday after the story went viral.Price claims she that had nothing to do with the incident and was actually used as a scapegoat for the company who was just trying to save face:“I was terminated from my position because, Starbucks was looking for someone to take the blame for this and to save some face from their company,” Price told KTUL said.Price says she went back to the establishment but they will not answer her questions and she is now forced to find another job with a ruined reputation.Other news outlets including KTUL have reached out to Starbucks regarding the incident but Starbucks has yet to respond.Company did, however, release a statement Friday saying:“The Starbucks partner who wrote this offensive word on a cup used poor judgement and is no longer a partner after this violation of company policy.”last_img read more

Wellington school board roundup: WMS golf team proposed; Sellers Park handicapped accessibility discussed; mill levy adjusted…

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sports were topics of much discussion at last week’s Wellington School Board meeting.Jeff DeJarnett, a Wellington Middle School coach of several sports, along with several parents and golf officials were on hand to ask the board about implementing a WMS golf team.DeJarnett said he has 12 girls and 12 boys at WMS, who would sign up to play golf this spring. The sport would cost the school district about $5,000 which will be travel expenses and the hiring of a coach.The board tabled the motion Thursday night and will discuss it next month.DeJarnett said the Wellington Golf Club Junior Golf program during the summer months saw tremendous growth in 2014. There were 54 junior golfers, who participated in lessons and/or competition. “We have been struggling for years trying to get kids to join the golf team,” said James Ginter, Wellington High School head golf coach. “Now suddenly, we are seeing a surge of young golfers. I think providing a middle school program can only help that.”The WMS season would run about two months from March to April and participate in six to eight tournaments. DeJarnett said there are several area high schools to compete against.Ginter also said with the interest of girls in that age group, that could precipitate a girl high school program. WHS has a boys team in the spring, but no girls team in the fall. A few girls have played golf with the boys during the spring.Wellington Middle School Principal Jamie Ybarra said the positives of implementing such a program far outweighs the negatives.•••••Making football stands ADA accessible Wellington school board member Larry Mangan proposed retaining a design contractor to look into the feasibility of making the Wellington home football stands at Sellers Park ADA Compliant.Currently, the stands are compliant on the visitors side where new stands were erected about a decade ago. However, the home stands are not.Mangan presented information to other board members about ADA standards for which states that facilities must be handicapped accessible to the degree so that handicapped individuals would have the same access as those who walk.But the proposal brought resistance from other board members.Board member Jason Newberry said he feared once such a study is made then that would obligate USD 353 to make facility improvements that could cost the school district up to $250,000.“I know one thing, I’m not in favor of spending school funds out there,” Ratcliff said of Sellers Park. “We have plenty of other places to spend our our money on curriculum, textbooks and computers.”Mangan said, though, there is an obligation to those who are wheel chair bound. A couple of students going through or about to go through the middle school ranks are in wheelchairs.Wellington school board member Jackie Berryman said she would be all for the proposal if the school district had the money, but she feared it does not.Ratcliff asked Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss if the stadium meets ADA standards by the letter of the law. He said, “yes.” He would later clarify that it depends on how you perceive the question. If the stadium was torn down and rebuilt then it would not be ADA accessible.Assistant Superintendent Larry Roth said the cost of the project is unknown. If a designer determines if it will cost the school district $20,000 it is workable. But if it is $400,000 it is not.The school currently has an architect, who is designing the safety and security projects recently approved by the voters. Weiss said he can ask the architect about a design feasibility and what such a project will cost. The board took no action on the matter.••••In other board news…The purpose for the adjustment was because we did not know when the first payments would be due.  We found out after the August publication that the first payments would be due in 2015.  The adjustment was to add the 2.65 mills (as was the expected mills back in May) for the new bond payments.•The board readjusted the mill levy of the Security and Safety Room Bonds Issue to increase 2.6 mill levies. Roth said the purpose for the adjustment was because when making the 2014-15 budget, the school administrators did not know when the first payments would be due.  They found out after the August publication that the first payments would be due in 2015.The adjustment was to add the 2.65 mills (as was the expected mills back in May) for the new bond payments. Even with the 2.3 mill increase, USD 353 mill levy rate is still lower than what it was in 2013-14.•The board discussed earthquake insurance in light of the recent earth shattering activity, but took no action.•The Sumner County Neighborhood Revitalization plan renewal was approved.•The board went into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 1 reply · active 304 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Mother of a bowler · 304 weeks ago AGREE!!! Report Reply +21 Vote up Vote down usd353 parent · 304 weeks ago I am in full support of making the home side bleachers wheelchair accessible. It’s sad to see students in wheelchairs and not be able to join their classmates due to not being able to get in the stands. These students deserve to be able to enjoy these activities with their peers! Report Reply 0 replies · active 304 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down Jerry Loughmiller · 304 weeks ago The visitors’ side has had wheelchair access for a decade? Wellington’s school board should have had time to figure out how to make games accessible to the home team fans confined to a wheelchairs. Talk about discrimination. How about some kind of shop/wood working class project? Report Reply 0 replies · active 304 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Wellington Citizen · 304 weeks ago I love the idea of MS golf as well!!! We have a great golf course in our town and the golf course staff has been wonderful this past summer to my son who was in the Junior Golf Program there. GREAT IDEA! Report Reply 0 replies · active 304 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down guest · 304 weeks ago How about an indoor pool for a swim team. Other schools have them, so why can’t Wellington? Isn’t this the mindset? Not all kids play football or basketball. Spending taxpayer money for stuff that has nothing to do with education should be no object for this board. Report Reply 0 replies · active 304 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Meadow Lanes · 304 weeks ago Need we remind Mr. Newberry that special needs students are STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS… ” That place out there” brings in alot of money for the school district,so do the right thing not only for the kids but also for the elderly relatives of the participants. Report Reply 0 replies · active 304 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 303 weeks ago I also agree with a Middle School Golf Team. Derek Harrison along with his staff did a wonderful job this summer with the Junior Club Golf. I agree we need to provide other options. Great idea Jeff! I hope the board approves it! Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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FIFA ethics committee seeks life ban against Platini

first_img DENIES WRONGDOING PARIS (AP): The FIFA ethics committee has requested a life ban for Michel Platini, the Frenchman’s lawyer said yesterday, a move that would rule the UEFA president out of the race to succeed Sepp Blatter. Thibaut d’Ales told The Associated Press that the maximum sanction was asked for when the FIFA ethics committee investigations unit submitted its final case report. Blatter could also face expulsion from world soccer over a US$2 million payment of FIFA money he approved to Platini in 2011. Platini and Blatter face separate hearings before FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert in December. “The overreaching of the request really convinces us of this commission’s total lack of credibility,” D’Ales said in a telephone interview. “There is not a single tangible element in this case that can confirm the suspicions.” Platini is currently serving a 90-day ban over cash he got as backdated salary almost nine years after he stopped working as Blatter’s presidential adviser from 1998-2002. Platini denies wrongdoing and says he had a verbal contract with Blatter to receive the money. Blatter has argued that an oral agreement is valid under Swiss law. However, FIFA was also not legally required to pay Platini after five years passed. Eckert is expected to give his verdicts in the cases of Platini and Blatter in December. Any sanctions can be challenged at the FIFA appeals committee and Court of Arbitration for Sport. D’Ales said he was informed of the ethics committee’s request on Monday and decided to make it public after it leaked in the French press. He said FIFA’s aim is to prove that there was no contract between Platini and Blatter. “Obviously, we’ve got the proof that such a deal existed,” D’Ales said. “We will submit it to CAS, which will handle the case within a fairly short space of time.” A spokesman for the FIFA ethics prosecutors declined to confirm what sanction was requested last week. “We are entitled to comment, but we decided for reasons of personality rights and the presumption of innocence not to publish the request,” Andreas Bantel told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “If Mr Platini wants to comment on the request he is entitled to do that.” Platini aims to clear his name and stand as a candidate in the FIFA presidential election on February 26 to succeed Blatter, who is stepping down. Blatter announced his exit plans on June 2 under pressure from American and Swiss federal investigations into bribery and corruption at FIFA. Switzerland’s attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Blatter over the US$2 million payment as suspected criminal mismanagement of FIFA money.last_img read more

Cowboy Coffee kicks off 11 Days of Round-Up

first_imgRed Bluff >> The 11 Days of Round-Up that accompany the Red Bluff Round-Up Rodeo officially started with the Cowboy Coffee mixer event Thursday at the Round-Up Museum.“We have a great crowd here and I’m thankful you’re here to help kick off the 11 Days of Round-Up,” said Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce CEO Dave Gowan. “The Red Bluff Round-Up is amazing, 96 years now and we’re nearing 100. That will be quite a party. It always is.”What is especially significant about the event is …last_img

Sector mineiro e os minerais na África do Sul

first_imgA África do Sul, conhecida em todo o mundo como um autentico poço de tesouros, abunda em recursos minerais, produzindo e detendo uma percentagem significativa dos minerais de todo o mundo.A riqueza do pais tem sido construida com base nos seus vastos recursos – quase 90% da percentagem de platina no planeta Terra, 80% de manganes, 73% de cromio, 45% de vanadio e 41% de ouro. So nao temos petroleo bruto e bauxita.O pais e um dos maiores produtores de metais preciosos como ouro e platina e tambem de bases de metal e de carvao. É o quarto maior produtor de diamantes.E os entendidos acreditam que existe ainda um potencial consideravel para descobrir outros depositos de minerios em areas ainda nao exploradas.Posiçao na economiaA posiçao da África do Sul como maior produtor de ouro do mundo – posiçao que manteve durante mais de um seculo – foi ultrapassada pela China em 2007. O ouro, outrora um pilar da economia sul africana, perdeu importancia quando a economia do pais se diversificou.Apesar disso, no entanto, a industria do sector mineiro continua a ser crucial para a África do Sul, com os metais preciosos a contribuirem 65% para as receitas de exportaçao e 21% do total de exportaçoes de bens em 2006. O pais fornece cerca de 80% da platina de todo o mundo.O sector mineiro e, por outro lado, o maior empregador da África do Sul, com cerca de 460.000 empregados e outros 400.000 empregados distribuidos pelos fornecedores de bens e serviços a industria.TransformaçaoPropriedade, acesso e facilidade dos recursos minerais do pais estao regulados pela Lei do Desenvolvimento dos Recursos Minerais e do Petroleo, de 2002, que reconhece a custodia do estado destes recursos.A transformaçao e um ponto chave no sector mineiro da África do Sul. O acesso equitativo aos recursos minerais e as oportunidades foi legislado, com significativa participaçao de individuos tradicionalmente desfavorecidas como assunto da carta de direitos da Capacitaçao Economica da Maioria Negra.Actualmente, mais de 70% da força laboral deste sector e negra, enquanto que menos de 5% tem posiçoes de chefia. O Governo estipulou metas e em 2009 cre-se que todas as empresas mineiras terao 40% de posiçoes de chefia por sul africanos outrora nao favorecidos.Outras metas para os proximos 10 anos englobam a transferencia de 26% de activos mineiros para empresas de proprietarios negros, assegurando que 51% dos projectos mineiros futuros sejam controlados por empresas de proprietarios negros.Pontos fortesSendo um pais maioritariamente mineiro, entre os pontos fortes da África do Sul estao o alto nivel tecnico e a competencia de produçao, assim como actividades de investigaçao e desenvolvimento bastante abrangentes.O pais tem facilidades de processamento de excelente nivel cobrindo aços ao carbono, aços inoxidaveis e aluminio, para nao falar do ouro ou da platina. É ainda lider mundial em novas tecnologias, com um processo absolutamente revolucionario que transforma minerio de ferro superfino de baixo grau em aços de elevada qualidade.Este tipo de beneficio ou acrescento de valor a materias primas antes da exportaçao foi classificada pelo governo como uma area em franco crescimento. Existem oportunidades lucrativas para processo a jusante referente ao ferro, aço ao carbono, aço inoxidavel, aluminio, metais do grupo da platina e ouro.Lideres na industriaDuas das maiores empresas mineiras sao da África do Sul. A BHP Billiton, a maior empresa mineira do mundo, surgiu de uma fusao entre a empresa sul africana Billiton e a australiana BHP.A Anglo American Plc, que tem a sua sede em Londres e uma delegaçao em Joanesburgo, detem varias outras subsidiarias importantes, como a Anglo Platinum, a Anglo Coal, a Impala Platinum e a Kumba Iron Ore.A empresa mineira De Beers, ela propria sul africana, e de propriedade anglo-americana e um consorcio liderado pelo governo do Botswana. O maior produtor mundial de diamantes revolveu 51,1 milhoes de carates em 2007.Este artigo foi actualizado em: Julho de 2008Reporter infoSA. Fontes (websites em lingua inglesa):South Africa YearbookDepartment of Minerals and EnergyChamber of Mines of South AfricaStandard Bank: Economic Profile: South AfricaBusiness DayMining WeeklyMineweblast_img read more

Bret Bielema Spent Flight To NFL Draft Writing Mother’s Day Cards To Recruits

first_imgBret Bielema writes a mothers day card to recruits.Bret Bielema Mother’s Day CardsRecruiting college football players doesn’t just mean recruiting the actual athletes – coaches often have to convince a player’s family that their school is the right place for their loved one. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema gave us a reminder of that Friday morning.Bielema, who took a flight to the NFL Draft to support his players, posted photos of Mother’s Day cards he’s sending to recruits’ mothers. He also mentioned that he’s willing to write to girlfriends of recruits – if need be.Productive flight to draft. Mother’s Day cards for prospects #WoooPig … Can write girlfriends if needed!— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) May 1, 2015This isn’t anything new – but usually, we see the finished product from recruits, not coaches. The Razorbacks have done a nice job on the recruiting trail the past few years – we’ll see if it continues.last_img read more

Yellowknife film hits the Cannes big time

first_imgAPTN National NewsLater this month, France’s world famous Cannes film festival will bring the world’s best films together with Hollywood’s “A List” to watch them.And for the first time there will be a film from the Northwest Territories.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has this story.last_img

Looking back on 2017 An inquiry dead in the water and blatant

first_imgAPTN InFocusShould the MMIWG Inquiry be granted an extension? Is Lynn Beyak a racist? Is the AFN relevant?Pam Palmater, Niigaan Sinclair and Tim Fontaine weigh in on these issues and more as we put 2017 In Focus and look ahead to 2018.The National Inquiry into MMIWGA formal request for an extension was expected by the end of 2017 but that never came. It was seen as another misstep in a year that saw nearly two dozen people leave the inquiry.There was also numerous calls for the commissioners to step down, including lead Comm. Marion Buller.Lynn Beyak and her take on residential schoolsIn the spring of 2017, then little-known senator from Dryden, Ont., Lynn Beyak, said in a speech said some good came out of the residential schools and some of the religious teachers were well intentioned. Just a few weeks ago, she was turfed from the Conservative caucus by party leader Andrew Scheer for posting and refusing to remove racist letters from her Senate website.The coming legalization of marijuanaSome First Nation communities are getting actively involved and looking to set up shop in the marijuana business.But not everyone wants weed in their communities.Subscribe to the APTN InFocus podcast below:last_img read more